Pressed to check quackery in the estate agency profession, the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has vowed to deal with members found engaging on unethical practices in the country.
Delivering a charge on 342 newly registered associates in Abuja, a past president of NIESV, Mr. Emeka Eleh urged them to ensure that they comply with the Code of Ethics and Practice and other international standards.
Eleh said, “As you qualify today as associates members of our great institution, pay attention to the need to acquire more specialized knowledge and distinctive area of practice.”
He warned them against hurrying to set up a one man shop but go into mega firms and partnerships where members with multiple specialist competencies can team up to practice as it was done in Britain other parts of developed world.
To him, “this would enable you to have the right pool of funds to start well by getting right infrastructure that will foster confidence in the profession and to avoid mistakes of the past.”
Having said this, Mr. Eleh told newly associates the wave of globalization, which he noted, has brought immense changes to the market requiring stricter regulation and adherence to set standards aimed at equipping to compete effectively in the changing market.
“As the competition becomes stiffer, only the quality of the service will set you apart and only those who are committed to rendering essential services in the professional manner will ultimately succeed,” he added.